Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider steps into Rocktopia on Broadway as a guest performer beginning April 9. The all-new concert event, which officially opened at the Broadway Theatre March 27, celebrates the fusion of rock and classical music and features performances by world-renowned vocalists, a five-piece rock band, a choir of 40, and an orchestra of 20.
Rocktopia began performances March 20. Created through the vision of vocalist and recording artist Robert Evan and Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer, the high-octane show showcases the works of Mozart, Queen, Beethoven, Journey, Handel, U2, Tchaikovsky, Pink Floyd, and The Who, among others.
Snider is scheduled to be a guest performer through April 15; he follows Train frontman Pat Monahan, who performed in the show March 20 through April 8.
The cast of Rocktopia also features Evan (Les Misérables, Jekyll & Hyde), Tony Vincent (American Idiot, The Voice), Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Chloe Lowery, Kimberly Nichole (The Voice), and Alyson Cambridge (The Merry Widow). Robin Zander, lead singer of Cheap Trick, will be a special guest vocalist in the show for the final week of its limited engagement, April 23–29.
Snider became lead singer of the metal band Twisted Sister in 1976 and wrote the hits “I Wanna Rock” and “We're Not Gonna Take It.” He returns to Broadway following his performance as Dennis in the Tony-nominated Rock of Ages, which featured his songs. In 2012, he released the album Dee Does Broadway, featuring hard rock takes on classic showtunes and such special guests as Bebe Neuwirth and Patti LuPone.